Order a Birth or Death Certificate

Starting January 1, 2021, there were changes in Washington State that affect the requirements for ordering birth and death certificates. 

Get the latest information from the Washington State Department of Health.

Summary of changes:

  • Only people with specific relationships to the person on the birth or death record can receive a certified copy. 
  • You must provide documents that show proof of your identity and your relationship. 
  • The cost of a certificate will increase to $25.00 per copy.
  • Anyone can still order non-certified copies of birth and death records that cannot be used for legal purposes.


Ordering a birth or death certificate (certified copy)

Online

Order birth or death certificates online through an official vendor, VitalChek

Mail

To apply for a birth or death certificate by mail:

  • Download and complete the form.
    • Birth Certificate order form - English
    • Death Certificate order form - English
  • Attach a copy of a government-issued photo ID. Examples include:
    • Driver’s license.
    • State-issued ID.
    • Photo page of a passport.
  • Include your payment. We only accept checks, money orders, or credit card payments.
  • Mail the form to us at 509 Girard Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Eligibility and Identity Documents

Find out who can request official birth and death records and what documents you can use to prove your relationship.


Ordering non-certified, informational copies of birth and death records

Anyone can order non-certified, informational copies of birth and death records. 

  • Non-certified copies cannot be used for legal purposes.
  • They are often used for genealogy or family history purposes.

Get more information about ordering non-certified copies of birth and death records:


Newborn applications

Applications for birth certificates for newborns can take up to 3 weeks to process.

If the parents are not married, it may take additional time to process the application. Find more information about rules for Acknowledgment of Parentage from the Washington State Department of Health.

What about records that you don’t provide?

The Washington State Vital Records Office provides records for:

  • Births in Washington State from July 1, 1907 to present.
  • Deaths in Washington State from July 1, 1907 to present.
  • Marriage and divorce records from January 1, 1968 to present.

You can order birth and death certificates for records outside of Washington State by:

  • Contacting the state or local health department where the event occurred.
  • Ordering them from Vital Chek.